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Therapy sessions

I know I'm biased but, in my view, therapy is something everyone would benefit from. I try to make it as accessible as possible.

 

A lot of people I know say: I had a really happy childhood, so why stir up something that isn't causing me any issues? Others may say that they know something feels 'off' but they are too busy  to do anything about it right now.

 

A new client said to me recently that they'd decided to have regular, long term therapy sessions as a top up for their mental health, for the same reason they have gym membership - how wonderful is that!  

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I see therapy as a preventative measure to keep your mental wellbeing in check, rather than a fix. Therapy won't heal you. What it can do is offer a safe space for you to start the process of healing yourself. A skilled therapist can walk alongside you to help explore issues and limiting beliefs that have been holding you back and keeping you feeling 'stuck'.

A trusted counsellor-client relationship of mutual respect and clear boundaries can encourage you to be curious and compassionate towards yourself. A safe space to talk can give you the key to unlock your true potential.

What can I expect from our sessions?

From my own experiences of therapy, I understand how daunting it can feel when you arrive at your first session. Even though we'll have had a chance to chat over the phone or online in our consultation, it can be nerve-wracking to meet in person, in new surroundings. I will do my best to help you feel at ease and the relaxed setting of my lovely therapy room should also help to ease any nerves.

Our first session is really a chance to get to know each other and we'll usually start by going though the therapeutic agreement, which sets boundaries around elements such as confidentiality, attendance, timings, mutual respect and payments. I'll also ask a bit about your family history and what has brought you to counselling. From there, we can start to identify and agree on some therapeutic goals from our sessions together,

These are very much your sessions and I'll be led by whatever you choose to bring to each session. You may have a specific focus that day, perhaps following an argument with a partner or family member, or perhaps you'd like to try some somatic work, or a guided meditation to connect with your inner child.

 

From the outset, I'll always check in with what you want to get from our sessions and offer a review around every 6 sessions to check we're on-track. For many, it's the first time you'll feel truly heard and supported, which can be a very powerful experience, with huge potential for healing.

I offer a free 15-20 minute discovery call, where you can share a bit about what has made you decide to have some therapy sessions. It's also a chance you find out anything you want to know about me and the way I work, to help you decide if I'm the right therapist for you.

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